1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
My role has given me a large amount of responsibility as well as tasks which are vital in supporting the division. I have had chances to change processes for the better and interact with other interns and employees. My team has been supportive and I have gained valuable skills in the process of my time working at L'Oréal.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My team has been very supportive especially at the start when I had little to no knowledge of team structure or how processes worked. Other employees were always kind and happy to help when I didn't understand what they did, allowing me to gain greater insight into how a firm functions.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My manager has been pivotal in providing me with the advice and support required when it was needed. I've been helped by my manager in my daily tasks when necessary and when chasing up other teams on work which is due in. My manager also has helped me to develop my personal skills and provide advice as to how to progress in further career roles.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The work balance has enabled me to tackle a variety of different tasks without the stress of being overburdened. I had work coming in from a number of different people in the division as well as my own team and would be able to prioritise the tasks in order to get them done on time
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a large amount of responsibility straight away as I was in charge of important tasks that the division would rely on. As I developed further in my role, responsibilities increased giving me greater experience with time management and the chance to work with more people than before.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have learnt from excel to time-management will be fundamental in my future career but will also be useful in my final year of study. Being able to juggle a number of tasks, plan ahead and use the experience I have gained from previous tasks will be essential wherever I go in the future.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office atmosphere was always friendly with a real culture on collaboration and having a coffee (or tea in my case) in hand. When everyone at work wants to get the best out of their days, you do as well leading to greater efficiencies in work and being more successful in your role
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The HR team looking after the 100 interns at L'Oréal have been amazing in setting up an intern committee to organise events as well as making sure we are being treated properly as full-time employees. My handover was well prepared and my introduction to the division and brands gave me a good understanding almost straight away.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There is a large emphasis on learning more about your job through on the job training as well as learning from your peers and the experience they have gained. There are a number of training courses you can attend to upskill yourself during the year at no cost as well as set online training available.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Graduate roles and entry-level roles are highly competitive which a larger emphasis on upskilling you further to take on future roles. The roles offer great responsibility as well as the chance to travel both within the UK and abroad. With 4 different divisions within L'Oréal, there are always new brands, people and challenges to explore.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With over 100 interns at L'Oréal, there are plenty of students to meet and socialise with. In many cases, you can meet people from your own university who will be a useful contact in your final year. There are always opportunities to go out for drinks after work or organising social events at the weekends, these events are accommodating for those who plan to live in London and for those who plan to commute into the office.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As I commuted into the office from home I didn't have many costs apart from an annual train ticket. I would often go out with friends to local pubs which were easily accessible both with friends and within our own teams. Lunches outside were also popular with a number of venues at affordable prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
I would occasionally go out in London if I stayed over at a friend's house when I did they would be good nights with a large group of interns meeting together. There are a number of different venues to explore for both weekday and weekend nights with good buses and taxis until late.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were a number of opportunities run such as an intern football and netball team as well as other social events. There would also be chances to expand your knowledge with ted talks after work as well as different weeks dedicated to learning and wellbeing with activities and events to get involved in.